Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Smaillwood family lived in the township of Smallwood in the parish of Astbury in the county of Cheshire. Habitation names form a broad category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Smaillwood family
Cheshire where they held a family seat, at Smallwood, in the parish of Astbury, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Smaillwood family
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Smaillwood Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Smaillwood are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Smaillwood include: Smallwood, Smalwood, Smalewood and others.
Early Notables of the Smaillwood family (pre 1700)
nickname Jack O'Newbury; he was one of the...
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Migration of the Smaillwood family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Smaillwood or a variant listed above: Randall Smallwood, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Samwell and Martha Smallwood settled in Maryland in 1699; Randolph Smallwood settled at the Delaware River in 1685.
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